Designing a playroom

Children seem to have an unending stockpile of energy. One common problem this energy presents is finding a place to let them expend it. When the sun goes down or the weather gets nasty, children bring all that energy indoors. A playroom is the perfect place for them to unwind.

Safety is your first priority when setting up a playroom. Hard surfaces are a definite no-no, as are materials that will break or splinter. Tough, durable, and stain resistant carpet is a good idea, as is overhead lighting. The placement of the room in the house should also be taken into account. A playroom for a young child should be close to a parent's eyes and ears.

Dealing with a lot of toys means storage issues. Most would agree that children should do their part cleaning up; a playroom's design should make this task as easy as possible. There are many ways to store things, but a lot of storage solutions are too tall for children to reach without help. It is wise to consider a set of low to the ground bins and shelves.

Children need options the same way we do, and often even more. Games, toys, crayons, and the like should all be easily accessible as well as easy to put away.

Playroom decorating

If the children are old enough, ask their opinion about the colour and style of the furniture and walls. This will, of course, be their space. It might even be a good idea to take them shopping with you to pick out one or two things entirely on their own. Keep in mind, though, that kids can be fickle. Spending a small fortune on Spiderman accessories might not be the best idea. Playroom decorating can grow with the child, as long as it doesn't cost a bundle each time a new blockbuster comes out. Maybe ask what his or her favourite colour is; paint doesn't cost much and the room might need a new coat once a year anyway.


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